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As the breadwinner for her constantly extending family, Margaret Oliphant was astonishingly productive. She published (sometimes by name, sometimes anonymously, often with no name but with allusion to her previous works) ninety-eight novels, and three times that many articles for Blackwood's and other magazines. She was equally prolific in short stories and in works of information: biography, socio-historical studies of cities, art criticism, historical sketches, literary histories, and a characteristic, fragmented autobiography, selective but nonetheless revealing. She also did translation and editing. She consistently foregrounds issues involved in Victorian expectations of womanhood: the relationships of daughter, sister, wife, and mother (especially the last).
4 April 1828 Margaret Wilson (later MO) was born in Wallyford, Midlothian. Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1861-January 1862 Blackwood's printed the short story and novella which in 1863 became the anonymous first volumes in MO's Chronicles of Carlingford as The Rector; and, The Doctor's Family. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1865-May 1866 Blackwood's continued MO's Chronicles of Carlingford with perhaps her best-known novel, Miss Marjoribanks. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 June 1897 Just before midnight, MO died of colon cancer at Wimbledon near London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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